UPMC Psych Specialty Counselor Supervisor in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania



The purpose of the Psych Specialty Counselor Supervisor is to provide clinical services to children enrolled in the Matilda Theiss Therapeutic Nursery and Preschool Program (ages 0-5) and to act as a leader of the therapy team with supervisory responsibilities for milieu staff.

This is BHRS treatment program designed to service children at-risk for or who meet criteria for a behavioral health diagnosis.


  • Clinical Supervision/Administrative:

Acts as on-site supervisor as directed by the program manager, such as directing and assigning daily work of Therapeutic Nursery and Preschool mental health workers and therapists, performing annual performance reviews and enforcing unit and personnel policies and procedures, as directed by management.

Provides operational support by participating in the recruitment process for new employees, coordinating the flow of new admissions, coordinating regular treatment team meetings and supervising the daily clinical activities of the program as instructed.

Alerts management of issues by meeting regularly with director to review cases, reviewing clinical problems with director, and reviewing any staff problems with director.

On occasion, assumes leadership of the program in the absence of the Director to ensure the care of the patients, the continuity of service delivery and the safety of the patients, staff and community, as instructed.

  • Professional Development Training: Reviews cases and/or groups periodically with the director and with other clinical personnel as indicated. Reviews serious clinical problems and cases with director and informs director of significant changes in clinical condition of patients. Collaborates with leadership to complete annual training needs assessment per program guidelines. Takes a lead role in providing staff in-service training to the treatment team, as directed. Under the guidance of the Director, provides supervision to therapy team to ensure the care of the patients, the continuity of service delivery and the safety of the patients, staff and community, as instructed.

  • Clinical Treatment:

Serves as a leader of the therapy team at the program and implements, improves, and adapts concepts, models, and constructs of treatment for application in service delivery to patients. Creates a treatment plan that includes an effective continuum of therapeutic, supportive and other services for the patients serviced by the program.

Participates in and may lead regular treatment team meetings to discuss clinical cases, review and update patient treatment plans, monitor therapeutic progress and initiate recommendations for referral and continuing care. Provides treatment to patients with a variety and complexity of needs. May assign patients to other members of the therapy team. Responsible for more complex cases as supervisor.

Provides individual and family therapy to patients in the program, as instructed. Engages families in the assessment and treatment processes when indicated. Provides education to patients on recovery.

  • Clinical Assessments: Conducts assessments of new patients using the identified format for documentation and clinical decisions regarding treatment, interventions and referrals, as instructed. Provides guidance and oversight to therapy team for more challenging and complex assessments. Assesses changing needs of patients per guidelines for BHRS programs, and incorporates these into treatment plan and treatment plan review.

  • Documentation:

Documents all assessments, treatment sessions, contacts, case management and other work done on behalf of patients according to guidelines. Completes clinical documentation on the same day of service delivery. Maintains daily records of clinical productivity in the program as instructed. Provides required information about the patients according to confidentiality guidelines. Provides clinical information to patient access representative personnel and insurance providers to ensure authorization for services.

  • Referrals and Coordination of Clinical Care:

Discusses need for additional services with the clinical team to determine appropriateness of recommendations. Refers patients to other levels of care when clinically indicated. Refers patients to community based self-help programs for recovery as instructed. Refers patients to other community social or human services as needed, and advocates on behalf of patients to receive necessary services as instructed.

  • Other: Takes a lead role in the quality assurance and performance improvement activities of the program.


  • Master's degree in Psychology, Social Work or Counseling required.

  • A minimum of four (4) to five (5) years of clinical experience required.

  • Supervisory experience is preferred.

  • Early childhood/early education (ages 0-5) experience highly desired.

  • Advanced knowledge of psychiatric evaluation and assessment process, as well as application of current version of the DSM required.

  • May in the course of job duties be in rooms where medications are stored. No contact with medications is allowed.

Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:

  • Act 33 Child Clearance with Renewal

  • Act 34 Criminal Clearance with Renewal

  • Act 73 FBI Clearance

  • Comprehensive Crisis Management

  • Professional license/certification or eligibility to be licensed or certified preferred (LPC, LCSW)

UPMC is an equal opportunity employer. Minority/Females/Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities REQNUMBER: 593197